When someone commits a crime and seemingly gets away with it, he or she may think that they don’t have to worry about getting caught. The truth is, however, that the law will persecute someone even years after the crime happens. 

In California, the statute of limitations for crimes such as petty theft is three years. Making a bad decision such as stealing from a store, for example, can still come back to haunt even people who did not get caught. 

Prison warden accused of stealing from a thrift store 

Such is the case for a warden who reportedly stole from a thrift store. According to The Mercury News, the warden allegedly removed price tags from items at a thrift store and then suggested lower prices to the cashier upon purchase in September 2018. Additionally, the website reported that the warden tried to cover up the crime and bribe witnesses in order to avoid prosecution. 

The California Department of Corrections opened an investigation into the matter as soon as they became aware of the accusations. The Corrections department placed the warden was on administrative leave during the investigation. Although the Corrections department concluded that his actions were grounds for dismissal, the warden quietly retired instead. 

Know your legal rights while under investigation 

For people who find themselves arrested and charged with a theft crime, he or she may want to speak with an attorney. This can help provide insight and guidance regarding how the laws in California apply to his or her situation. It may be helpful to have the opinion of an experienced professional.